Thursday Tips & Tricks | photographing your own children…

Seriously after the title I feel like a dom, dom, dooommmmmm…. should come.

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Why is it sometimes so incredibly hard to photography your own children? Maybe it is just me but I sometimes have a hard time with it. But you know what… I know why. I have a picture in my head of what I want. You see that is the BIGGEST MISTAKE when photographing your own children. I know it is but still do it, even now. Even though I know better.

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This past weekend we headed out to the beautiful sunflower fields to take some fun pictures. We basically camped out for the sunset. Yep, a cooler of snacks… barbie dolls and the guys had baseball gloves and a ball.

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And then there was me with my shot that I know I want in my head.

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And you know what it just wasn’t working. I wanted an image with my boy (who is getting to that age of not being photographed) with the flag in the field. Not hard at all, right 🙂 HA!

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I caught myself getting frustrated that it wasn’t coming out the way I wanted.

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Kristina McCaleb Photography Sunflowers Dallas Children's Photography

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And then I decided to move where I was standing. And I looked up and realized that I was being just plain silly. And you know how I know that? Because I looked up to this.

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It was even better than I had imagined it to be. It was the perfect shot for my boy. And I hadn’t even thought of it. The universe kinda works that way with being able to slap you upside the head with reality.

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So I told him “Do. Not. Move!!” And all he did was smile a bit more 🙂 Love that boy!

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And I even got the shot I was looking for… but loved the ones I wasn’t looking for.

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So what is the lesson today? Stop it with the crazy expectations. Relax. And shoot the kids as kids.

And for all things sweet as honey, please stop threatening the kids with taking away things promised like ice cream, food, socks, or a new toy.

(yes, I added socks to see if you were reading)

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Give them a breather, bring snacks, let them be silly (not out of control!), and have some fun 🙂

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Now of course sometimes having kids do fun things gets some pretty fun shots too.

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Here I told them to run in slow motion.

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And you can see that I sent them back a few times.

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But when you are having fun doing something silly it isn’t too bad.

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Kristina McCaleb Photography Sunflowers Dallas Children's Photography

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And of course, I can’t believe I am actually showing these but here are some bloopers.

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Kristina McCaleb Photography Sunflowers Dallas Children's Photography

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But I got a shot that we trekked out for.

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Kristina McCaleb Photography Sunflowers Dallas Children's Photography

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Kristina McCaleb Photography Sunflowers Dallas Children's Photography

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Thank you so much for visiting today.

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If you have any photography questions you would liked answered please feel free to message me or email me!

1 comment
  • elizabethJune 13, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    SO true, as an artist so hard not to have a vision, so hard not to get frustrated, but so great when you get some hidden gems.ReplyCancel